Check out our free Nebraska vs Minnesota pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Minneapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Nebraska vs Minnesota Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Cornhuskers vs Golden Gophers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Nebraska Cornhuskers at Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Where: Minneapolis at Williams Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Nebraska -3.5, NEBR -171 | MINNST +141 O/U 128.5

Cornhuskers Preview:

The Nebraska Cornhuskers head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 8-7. So far, the Cornhuskers have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 1-6. This season, Nebraska has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 6-0. For today’s contest, Nebraska has a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.

Nebraska’s leading scorer this season is Keisei Tominaga, who is averaging 10.0 points per contest. So far, Tominaga has accounted for 14.9% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 1.4 rebounds per game and 0.73 assists. Sam Griesel is the second leading scorer for the Cornhuskers, averaging 10.64 points per game. Between him and Griesel, they are accounting for 29.7% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Nebraska is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 32.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.37% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Golden Gophers Preview:

Minnesota heads into this matchup having played 13 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-7. Currently, the Golden Gophers have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 6-3. So far, the Golden Gophers have been the underdog 8 times, going 1-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.

Dawson Garcia comes into today’s game as the Golden Gophers’ leading scorer at 14.23 points per contest. Not only has Garcia been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Minnesota’s top rebounder at 5.85 boards per contest. Behind Garcia, the team has benefited from the strong play of Ta’lon Cooper, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.38 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.9% of his shots and is adding 4.0 boards per game.

Coming into today’s game, Minnesota will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Golden Gophers are ranked 333rd at 67.0 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 617th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Minnesota is close to the NCAA average at 36.8%.

Free Spread Prediction: Nebraska Cornhuskers -3.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Nebraska Cornhuskers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -3.5 point betting favorites. Although Nebraska as a team is just 182nd in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Golden Gophers’ defense. At -3.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Cornhuskers to come out on top and cover.

 


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